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Old 06-09-2008, 08:52 PM   #676
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Reading Into The Wild right now (Jon Krakauer). It's really poorly written.
Can you elaborate? I've really loved everything Krakauer has written, although to be honest, I'm usually so caught up in what he's writing about that I don't notice the writing itself. Then again, it's probably at least partly the writing that sucks me in.

#35 The Year of Fog by Michelle Richmond

I know I just finished #34 yesterday, but I picked this one up and cliche, cliche, cliche, I couldn't put it down.

The narrator takes her fiance's young daughter to the beach, looks away for a minute, and the little girl has disappeared. The book covers the year after - the search, the narrator's attempt to dig deeper into her memories to see what details she's not remembering, and the emotional fallout.

It was pretty good, a quick read. The ending surprised me (in a good way).
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Reading Into The Wild right now (Jon Krakauer). It's really poorly written.
I'd be interested in hearing why you think it's poorly written as well.
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Can you elaborate?

Of course this is just my opinion but I feel like his writing is too dry, too analytical, too self-conscious. It also jumps around waaaaaaaay too much for my taste. And finally, there is a lot of extraneous information that could have been pared down. Again, just my opinions. My students and I are reading it together and I'm sort of sorry I assigned it.
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Ah, okay. I find his writing very engrossing, but for that book, I could agree that he added a lot of extraneous information that probably could have been withheld (no, I can't name specific things, just a general memory of reading it).

I didn't feel that way at all reading Into Thin Air or Under the Banner of Heaven.

He needs to come out with a new book, stat!
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cori, you're probably remembering the chapters where Krakauer veers off into the tale of his own Alaskan adventure. I agree it wasn't really necessary and I must admit that I skip it every time I read it.

Krakauer was lucky to have researched this book when he did because a lot of the places where McCandless spent time are now gone. He was able to visit places and conduct interviews that would be impossible today. That alone makes it a very special book.
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Yeah, that sounds right. It felt a bit like he had to stretch things out a bit, or flesh them out, to get enough pages to justify a whole book. But I still love it, my mixed feelings about McCandless and all.

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I'm just finishing How I Helped O.J. Get Away With Murder by Mike Gilbert, former sports agent and confidant to O.J. Simpson.

The whole thing reads like

Tell us something we don't know.
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I don't like books that are like that. I Feel guilty that I am wasting my time when I am into a book like that and oftentimes will just put the book down.

I'm still plugging away at Barbara Walters' latest book and it's gotten a bit boring, it's not as good as I thought, there was a lot of hype. Bleh.
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East of Eden bored you? Wow.
I haven't read that one, I'm speaking of his writing style in The Pearl, Of Mice and Men, The Red Pony, and his book about King Arthur, all of which were read in school, whereas Grapes of Wrath I did on my own, perhaps there's a connection.

I've been devouring some contemporary novels and nonfiction stuff in the past week or so, but I'm thinking of going back to some classic writers in the next month or so, maybe I'll give East of Eden a try.
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I haven't read that one, I'm speaking of his writing style in The Pearl, Of Mice and Men, The Red Pony, and his book about King Arthur, all of which were read in school, whereas Grapes of Wrath I did on my own, perhaps there's a connection.

I've been devouring some contemporary novels and nonfiction stuff in the past week or so, but I'm thinking of going back to some classic writers in the next month or so, maybe I'll give East of Eden a try.
I hope you do, and that you enjoy it.....and I've always found that when I revisit books I read due to mandates, I end up with a completely different take than I originally had....sometimes for the better, sometimes for worse. I know people that refuse to re-read books and I cannot really understand that at all. I'm not a big fan of The Pearl, either, by the way.

I just finished Outer Dark by Cormac McCarthy. I did not like it as much as the Border Trilogy books, or Blood Meridian or The Road....but I did enjoy it....his worst books are still great, at least to me. He' not everyone's cup of tea, though, that's for sure.
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I confess I'm not much of a Steinbeck fan, either. I hated reading The Red Pony so much in seventh grade that it's sort of a miracle that I ended up getting a PhD in English. Then again, I hated The Great Gatsby in high school, and when I went back to it later, I loved it. Maybe I need to give Steinbeck another chance. Usually when I want a rather sparse 20th Century American writer, I turn to Hemingway.
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#36 sMothering by Wendy French

Yes, that odd capitalization is on purpose, which should have been my first clue as to how the book was.

I make no secret of my love for fluffy chick lit, but I usually have good luck in picking chick lit that's actually good. This one, not so much. I kind of hated it. The main character was heinously annoying and kind of a bitch. She's in her 20s, working at a job she hates, her life is a mess, her mom unexpectedly comes to stay, cliches follow.

Oh well! That's another one for the paperbackswap.com pile.
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